A comment (and response) to a fellow Blogger .. brings to mind these quotes:
"England and America are two countries separated by a common language." --George Bernard Shaw.
Wilde wrote: "We have really everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language"
NB: Bertrand Russell and Dylan Thomas have similarly opined.
And Winston Churchill said, "Our two countries were divided by a common language"
Being a Scot, English (at least spoken) is not recognized as a native language, so I'm off to a bad start plus many years of: Sing-lish, Chin-lish etc, I often make a communications faux pas